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    San Mig sending big man Yancy De Ocampo to GlobalPort for Yousef Taha in multi-player deal

    Jun 2, 2014

    A THREE-TEAM trade involving seven players is in the works, and it would see San Mig, interestingly, tweaking its lineup as it goes for a rare season grand slam.

    Fresh from a rousing 102-90 win over erstwhile leader Ginebra on Sunday, San Mig, a source said, has agreed to send veteran big man Yancy De Ocampo to GlobalPort in exchange for journeyman Yousef Taha.

    The swap, a source said, is supposed to be just the first phase of a series of transactions that would involve one more team and five more players. The other pieces of the deal are still being negotiated at posting time.

    However, the De Ocampo-Taha transaction is already a done deal and the trade papers are expected to reach Commissioner Chito Salud's desk for approval before the day is over.

    "It's done," a highly placed source said of the straight swap.

    De Ocampo is an 6-7 slotman who has played for five other teams in an 11-year career but seemed to have found a home at San Mig where he has settled in the past two seasons.

    However, his playing time has seen a significant drop this season since the arrival of rookie Ian Sangalang.

    On ther other hand, the trade is the fourth for Taha in less than two seasons as a pro. The 11th pick overall of the 2013 draft had previous stints at Air21 and GlobalPort.

    Retired PBA big man Jolly Escobar said the trade is a "win-win situation" as San Mig builds for the future while GlobalPort addresses an immediate need for a big man fill the hole left by injured Batang Pier big men.

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    “Kailangan na ng GlobalPort ang win eh. Medyo masakit yung talo nila the other day. They really need to beef up sa big man spot. They need a quality big man,” said Escobar, now a television and radio analyst during games.

    “Kailangan nila si Yancy na kumuha ng rebounds, pero Yancy is more of an offense player, pero with his height, I think they will convert him into a rebounding guy,” he added.

    Escobar said Taha's case is different, adding he sees the sophomore as a building block for the future in a San Mig team teeming with talent in the frontline.

    “Taha will be lost in the rotation here, may (Marc) Pingris, may Sangalang, may (Rafi) Reavis," he said. "Pero I admire his work ethic. I call Taha our version of Joachim Noah. He is a hustle player. Give him some time, he’ll have his niche.”

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